Gardening

Tronchuda Kale ~ A Super Green Worth Growing

Tronchuda Kale

I love experimenting in the garden. That’s why I enjoy the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog so much. I’m amazed by the vast array of plants that I’ve never heard of. Reading the descriptions, comparing, and picking out a few new things to try helps me survive the bleakest months of winter. Having said that, …

Magnolia Blossom Tendril Pea

Magnolia Blossom Tendril Pea

Magnolia Blossom Tendril Pea is a variety that I ordered through Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company to try this past Spring. I was very happy with its performance. I had some seeds left of another variety, Sugar Snap, from last year so I planted some of those, too, and was able to compare them. Both of …

Purple Hull Pinkeye Cowpeas

Purple Hull Peas by Mid-Life Blogger

My garden is part laboratory, meaning that I like to try new things, whether techniques or plants. One of my favorite seed companies is Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. In the winter I love looking through their catalog while planning my Spring garden, reading the descriptions of plants from all over the world. I’m amazed by the boundless …

Easy Herbs for a Zesty Life

Basil Dried in Excalibur Dehydrator

Herbs are among my favorite plants to grow. They are as easy as weeds and have few to no pests. Dill and cilantro come to mind as two of the easiest. I let a few plants go to seed and when they dry I sprinkle seeds over my raised beds and let them come up …

Oriental Lilies

Stargazer Lilies

Oriental Lilies are blooming now and they’re amazing! I’m making a mental note to order more of them. A single flower can perfume an entire room, making it one of my favorites to bring inside, although their pollen can make a bit of a mess. The blooms are huge, about 6-7″ across, and their colors …

My Garden Style

Colander Planted with Succulents

I would describe my decorating style, both inside and out, as “Flea Market Chic.” I love things with character, patina, and a story. I admire the cleverness of repurposed items, and especially enjoy having things with extra meaning because they were made by a friend or loved one. I didn’t plan it, but my front …

What’s Blooming Today

Water Lily in Garden Pond

Ivory Edges Daylily  

My Mini Garden Pond

Several years ago at an auction I admired an old water pump and my husband, Scott, bought it for me, but it sat in the workshop for a year or more before I figured out what I wanted to do with it. One day I was sitting on my front porch, looking at a patch …

Spiritual Corridor Daylily

Spiritual Corridor Daylily

This is the Spiritual Corridor daylily.  I bought it a few years ago from Breck’s.  I buy plants through catalogs quite a bit.  Especially in the winter when it’s so bleak outside, I enjoy looking through my plant catalogs and finding new flowers I want to try, and combinations that I think would be nice. Here …

Coal Miner Daylily

I bought this Coal Miner Daylily from Roots & Rhizomes a few years ago.  It started blooming today.  I like it’s chartreuse throat and deep purple color. You can have more posts like this sent straight to your inbox by subscribing!